Potty Training Day 2: Unleash the M&Ms!

Potty Training Day 2: Unleash the M&Ms!

Potty training day one was, well, a wash.  Literally.  I scrubbed the carpet four times, La Rubia went through 5 outfits and 5 pairs of underwear, we lost one pair of bedsheets, and Homeskillet’s resolve was starting to waiver.  After missing potty-palooza 2008, due to a deployment, he had no idea what he was facing.  The disappointment, the patience, the frustration, the boredom, all the pee-pee…he was caught a bit off guard.

So, here we are, day 2 of potty training.  We had to change our strategy a bit.  We made some rookie mistakes early on:

  • Not enough regular visits to the potty (thanks to Natasha from Houseful of Nicholes for pushing me to adjust our strategy)
  • Asking La Rubia if she has to potty, rather than telling her to go to the potty.  There’s a big differnce between “Do you have to potty?” and “Let’s go to the potty.”

This is our new approach:

“Let’s go to the potty” happens every 20 minutes with a 5 minute max sit-time.

We added in cotton training pants during awake time and plastic liners during nap/bedtime.

Reward for successful potty?  Party like it’s 1999 and give La Rubia one M&M.

Day two started a little rough.  She beat us to the wake-up this morning and had an accident in bed.  Then, she had two pee-pee accidents that left pee-pee trails, which signaled that she understood she should go to the potty but just didn’t coordinate the trip to the potty ahead of time.

Her 2nd floor accident was at 11am.  Despite our many invites to go to the potty, she refused to pee-pee and opted to hold her bladder for nearly 4 hours.  You read that right.  FOUR HOURS. What that told me is that she has-

1. bladder control and

2. an iron will.

Here’s to more potty successes today!

What was your biggest frustration with potty training?






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